Dr. Kate

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Dr. Kate

Angel on Snowshoes

By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

Wisconsin Historical Society Press, Paperback, 9780870204210, 94pp.

Publication Date: March 14, 2009


Pioneering North Woods doctor Kate Pelham Newcomb comes to life in this addition to the Badger Biographies series for young readers. Born in 1885, Kate Pelham was suppose to grow up to be a proper young lady in Boston, but despite her father's wishes she was determined to be a doctor. After medical school, her husband's health brought them to the clean air of northern Wisconsin and before long Kate knew every back road and cabin in the North Woods. She visited patients by snowmobile, by canoe, and by snowshoe and never sent a bill. Instead she was paid in firewood and vegtables.

But what Kate dreamed of more than anything for her patients was a hospital. And that's when the kids of the community got involved. They set out to collect a million pennies - $10,000 - to help Dr. Kate build a hospital. As the news spread, coins poured in from countries across the globe. Students carted bushels of pennies, and Dr. Kate read thousands of letters cheering on her effort. Her dream came true in 1954 when the Lakeland Memorial Hospital opened its doors. Young readers will warm to Kate's spirit of compassion and never-say-never attitude.

About the Author
Rebecca Hogue Wojahn holds degrees in education and library science and has worked as a teacher and school library media specialist. She currently is a librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she works closely with the education faculty and students and manages the K-12 collections. She frequently speaks on children's literature topics. Her writings for children have appeared in Highlights for Children, Faces, Appleseeds and Cobblestone magazines. Rebecca lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin with her husband and two sons, one of whom, like Evan, has endured health problems and long hospital stays.

Praise For Dr. Kate

2009 Finalist in the Juvenile Non-fiction Category from ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award
2010 Finalist in the Children’s Non-Fiction Category from National Indie Excellence Awards
2010 Finalist in the Children’s Non-Fiction Category from USA National Best Book Awards